Ellen Fraser was a member of many organizations, including the Lawrence Garden Club, the Daffodil Society and the Horticultural Society. At age 90, one of her flower arrangements won a ribbon at the Topsfield Fair.
Her estate awarded gifts to 16 area organizations, with AVIS receiving the largest donation of those.
AVIS was notified in 2011 that it was remembered in Fraser’s will, but only recently learned the amount of the gift.
“We just think this was so nice and a wonderful thing to do,” Timko said.
Timko said AVIS trustees voted to put the gift in its land acquisition fund. The organization has been acquiring and conserving open space in Andover for the protection of natural resources and wildlife since 1894.
“We use money from that account to buy land and the account was getting low,” Timko said. “Buying additional land is what the Frasers would have wanted.”